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Things in the middle of the Arctic are getting really strange

In the deep middle of the remote Arctic Ocean, things are amiss. With the passage of summer, the ice — diminished by the warm season — is expected to regrow as frigid temperatures envelope the Arctic.  But, this year, it’s not.  Specifically, sea ice in the Central Arctic basin — a massive region of ocean...CONTINUE READING
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Arctic sea ice is loaded with plastic litter from cigarettes and paint

In 2014, scientists clad in thick neon orange suits stepped off a research vessel and visited five different patches of pristine-looking Arctic sea ice. As these researchers discovered, the blinding white ice in the remote north looks awfully pure, but its appearance is deceiving.  After removing cores of ice from the frozen ground, the research...CONTINUE READING
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